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      ADOPTIONS NEEDLESSLY TOUGH
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     Couples who want to adopt a foreign child face unnecessary obstacles as Greece has yet to ratify an international treaty governing cross–border adoptions, according to experts who say an increasing number of would–be parents are entering into illicit transactions with mediators in Bulgaria.

Many cou >>>


      BEWARE PET SHOPS WITH EXOTIC ANIMALS
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     Wildlife protection experts yesterday warned of a sharp rise in the illegal trade of wild animals – including many endangered species – following the confiscation of eight African chameleons from a pet shop in central Athens.

The chameleons, a rare and protected breed, had been removed from a colony in Messinia >>>


      CLUB HITS TIED TO INSURANCE?
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     A few hours after a homemade explosive device caused serious damage to a nightclub in the coastal suburb of Alimos, police in Attica said they are investigating the possibility that club owners are planning apparent arson attacks on their establishments in order to secure insurance payouts.

The attack on the Fr >>>


      COTTON HARVEST...
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     THANASSIS KALLIARAS/EUROKINISSI A farmer in Thessaly, central Greece, empties cotton into a large container.

The start of the cotton harvest signals a busy time for farmers in the region. Thessaly is home to about a third of the cotton ginning factories in Greece.

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      ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS...
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     PETROS GIANNAKOURIS/AP Animal rights activists, wearing fake bearskin hats and little else, hold up a banner outside the British Embassy in Athens yesterday to protest the use of bearskin hats by guards outside London’s Buckingham Palace.

Police briefly detained the two British women after the protest which was >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     NAME TALKS FYROM president sees possible freeze on negotiations this year The president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Branko Crvenkovski, believes that talks between his country and Greece over the name dispute could be frozen this year. «We are now at a decisive and very sensitive stage of >>>


      NO RESHUFFLE, FOR NOW
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     PM not planning immediate changes; Polydoras launches stinging attack After discussions with close aides and high–ranking members of New Democracy, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has ruled out the possibility of a reshuffle, at least until the government’s budget has been voted through Parliament in December, so >>>


      WATER RESERVES WOEFULLY BELOW PAR
      Kathimerin, 18-09-2008
     The country’s water reserves are so low that it will take at least 10 years of proper water management for levels to be restored satisfactorily, experts say, noting that current reserves are adequate for the next three years.

Scientists from the Hellenic Committee of Hydrogeology and other experts said it was i >>>


      AIG BAILOUT FAILS TO CALM MARKETS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies LONDON: The global financial firestorm tore through markets yesterday, sending US and European shares plunging following a huge US bailout of insurer AIG and news that British bank HBOS could be taken over.

Wall Street fell hard on fears the US Federal Reserves $85–billion (60–billion&ndash >>>


      BARCLAYS IN $1.75BN DEAL TO BUY LEHMAN UNITS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     AFP LONDON: Barclays said yesterday it had reached a deal to acquire the North American investment banking and capital markets businesses of beleaguered US investment giant Lehman Brothers for $1.75 billion.

The bank said it would acquire trading assets with an estimated value of $72 billion (40 billion pounds, >>>


      ECONOMY BRIEFS: NBK BUYING BACK ITS OWN SHARES
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies KUWAIT: National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the countrys biggest bank by assets, has started buying back its own shares after it fell 4 percent in the past week in the wake of a Kuwait stock market slide. NBK stock jumped as much as 6 percent yesterday. "We started today ... We feel that the market needs our su >>>


      EMAAR&#8217;S NEW PROJECT IN MAKKAH
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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Emaars new project in Makkah Arab News

JEDDAH: Emaar, a major global property developer, is offering fully furnished serviced residences in Makkah. It is showcasing spacious studios and one to three– bedroom apartments at the tallest tower in the holy city dev >>>


      FED BAILS OUT AIG WITH $85–BILLION LOAN
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     AP FRAYED NERVES: A trader ponders at the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. (AFP)

WASHINGTON: For the second time this month, the US government intervened to bail out a private financial company, saying the failure of the huge insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG) would further disrup >>>


      HOUSE APPROVES OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     H. Josef Hebert I AP WASHINGTON: The House voted to open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil and gas drilling but only 50 or more miles (80 or more kilometers) out to sea and only if a state agrees to energy development off its shore.

Democratic leaders called it a step toward energy independence, >>>


      JEF TO FOCUS ON JOB CREATION
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Saleh Fareed I Arab News JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) announced the preparation of the 10th Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) to be held from Feb.
14–17, 200'.

Saleh Al–Turki, chairman of JCCI, announced that the Jeddah Economic Forum 200' would discuss job creati >>>


      LLOYDS TSB IS IN ADVANCED TALKS TO BUY RIVAL HBOS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Steve Slater I Reuters LONDON: British bank Lloyds TSB is in advanced talks to buy rival HBOS PLC to create a 24 billion pound mortgage giant as the credit crunch forces more troubled banks into the arms of better funded rivals.

HBOS, Britains biggest home loan lender, confirmed the talks after its shares were >>>


      US HOUSING STARTS FALL TO 17–YEAR LOW
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     AFP WASHINGTON: US housing starts slid 6.2 percent in August to a fresh 17–year low, government data showed yesterday in a sign that the punishing correction in the real estate market is not over.

Starts for new home construction fell to an annualized level of 8'5,000 units, the Commerce Department sa >>>


      A BLESSED MONTH OF A SPECIAL NATURE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News FASTING in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are the declaration of ones belief in Gods oneness and in the message of Muhammad (peace be upon him), regular attendance to prayer, payment of zakah (i.e. obligatory charity), an >>>


      A LESSON TO REFLECT UPON
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Commentary by Syed Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful As for the unbelievers, the fire of hell awaits them. No term shall be determined for them so that they could die, nor shall its suffering be reduced for them. Thus shall We requite all unbelievers. There they will cry aloud: Our Lord! Let >>>


      ITALY SAYS SORRY TO LIBYA FOR DAMAGE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Imed Lamloum I AFP BENGHAZI, Libya: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday apologized to Libya for damage inflicted by Italy during the colonial era and signed a $5 billion investment deal by way of compensation.

Berlusconi made the apology during a visit to the Mediterranean city of Benghazi for a >>>


      RAMADAN: BENEFITS OF NIGHT WORSHIP
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News THE special character, which distinguishes the month of Ramadan from the rest of the year is derived from the type of action we do during this month, be they obligatory or voluntary. We have spoken about fasting and the reasons for making it obligatory, as well as the role it plays in the buildin >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Copies of the Quran printed in all countries use certain markings to indicate where one should stop, and where it is better not to stop. However, there are differences in the placement of these markings in copies printed in different countries. For example, in the first surah, the mark indicatin >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: FAMILIAR FAMILY PROBLEMS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi OVER the last few weeks, we cited several incidents that took place in the Prophets homes and with his wives. From these and similar events we learn that his homes were not different from any other home. There may always happen something that is not particularly pleasant to the head of the family. >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#3'AN TEACHES: THE FATE OF EVIL DESIGNS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Commentary by Syed Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful They swear by God with their most solemn oaths that if a warner should ever come to them, they would follow his guidance better than some other community, but when a warner did come to them, they turned away with increased aversion, behavin >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#8217;AN TEACHES: SUSTAINING THE UNIVERSE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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What the Quran teaches: Sustaining the universe Commentary by Syed Qutb

In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: Have you considered those beings whom you claim to be partners with God and whom you call upon besides Him? Show me what is it that >>>


      ALLOCATION FOR THE DISABLED
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered that the allocation of cash assistance to help disabled people in the Kingdom be doubled. "King Abdullah issued a decree increasing the monetary grants to all categories of disabled people registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs fr >>>


      CHILD BEGGAR ISSUE DISCUSSED
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: The Ministry of Social Affairs discussed with the United Nations Childrens Fund the problem of Yemeni child beggars in the Kingdom. Social Affairs Minister Yousuf Al–Othaimeen briefed UNICEFs Representative Ayman Abu Laban on various welfare activities undertaken by the Ministry for the Welfare o >>>


      GCC FINANCE MINISTERS OK PROPOSALS TO SET UP MONETARY COUNCIL
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News MONEY MATTERS: Finance Minister Ibrahim Al–Assaf with IMF Director General Dominique Strauss–Kahn at the GCC meeting in Jeddah on Wednesday. (AFP)

JEDDAH: Finance ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) yesterday approved proposals to set up a monetary council >>>


      ILLEGAL MAID RACKET THRIVES IN RAMADAN
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Nuha Adlan I Arab News RIYADH: Ramadan is known to be the month of worship and simplicity but its also a month of hosting iftar and opening your home to guests.

With this increased workload comes a temporary demand for extra domestic help. This help often comes from the pool of available illegal workers in the >>>


      LAW TO COMBAT SMOKING AWAITS CABINET APPROVAL
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News JEDDAH: A new law to combat smoking in public and workplaces has been drafted and is awaiting Cabinet approval. Those smoking in public places will be fined SR200.

Suleiman Al–Sabi, secretary–general of the Charitable Society to Combat Smoking, urged those affected by >>>


      OFFICIALS HONORED FOR SERVING PILGRIMS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen I Arab News RIYADH: Interior Minister Prince Naif, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, issued yesterday letters of accreditation to ',546 Ministry of Health officials for serving Haj pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah in 2006.

"Such awards are incentives for officials >>>


      PRINCESS LULWA PASSES AWAY
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Princess Lulwa bint Abdul Aziz died yesterday at the age of 80, the Royal Court said in an announcement. Funeral prayers for the late princess will be held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after the Isha prayers today, it added.
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      BLASTS PROBE FLOUNDERING, NO BREAKTHROUGH
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     IANS NEW DELHI: Except for the identity of some suspects and the nature of explosives used in Saturdays serial bombings in the capital, the special squad set up to probe the incident is yet to get a fix on the main conspirators, the motive and where the bombs were assembled.

On the basis of eyewitness accounts, >>>


      CLERICS, FAMILY OF TAUQEER COME OUT IN HIS DEFENSE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Shahid Burney I Arab News MUMBAI: In a surprise twist to the Delhi serial bomb blast case, Muslim clerics and the family members of alleged mastermind mind of the blasts, Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, yesterday came out in his defense and said that Tauqeer was innocent and that the police investigations were movin >>>


      D&#8217;ESCOTO CALLS FOR &#8216;DEMOCRATIZATION&#8217; OF UNITED NATIONS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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DEscoto Calls for Democratization of United Nations Ebtihal Mubarak I Arab News

UNITED NATIONS: Calling for the need to "decentralize the power accumulated in a small group of states," the newly elected president of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly >>>


      EUROPE TO BLAME FOR AFGHANISTAN TROOPS SHORTAGE: FRANCE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Marc Lavine I AFP CANBERRA: French Defense Minister Herve Morin yesterday said years of under–investment in defense by European countries was to blame for a critical shortage of international forces in Afghanistan.

Morin warned during a visit to Australia that the world could not afford to lose the increa >>>


      EVEN UPA HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH FOR MUSLIMS: AHAMED
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     IANS NEW DELHI: Admitting that Muslims were underrepresented in Indias administration, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had not done enough to bridge the "alienation" of the countrys largest minority community and demanded reservation and sp >>>


      IMITATORS MOCK AT PALIN ON YOUTUBE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Glenn Chapman I AFP IN HIGH SPIRITS: Republican vice–presidential nominee Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin shakes hands with supporters after a rally in Vienna, Ohio, on Tuesday.

(Reuters) SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube is being flooded with mocking videos by Sarah Palin imitators, attracting millions of viewers and trig >>>


      INDIAN PM WORRIED AT INTERNAL MILITANT THREATS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Reuters NEW DELHI: India has long faced attacks from Pakistan–based militant outfits, but the involvement of homegrown extremist groups is now adding a "new dimension" to the problem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.

Singhs comment is an explicit, high–level acknowledgement ho >>>


      ISRAEL PUTS OFF DIALOGUE WITH SYRIA
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies DAMASCUS/RAMALLAH: A fifth round of Turkish–brokered peace talks between Syria and Israel this week has been postponed at Israels request, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said yesterday. "It has been postponed at the request of the Israeli side," Muallem told a press conference with visiti >>>


      LIVNI WINS PARTY VOTE: EXIT POLLS
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies TEL AVIV: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won a decisive victory in an unprecedented Kadima party vote yesterday to replace Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to TV exit polls.

The polls were released after Kadimas polling stations closed late last night. For an outright victory, Livni needed 4 >>>


      OBAMA LEADS MCCAIN BY TWO POINTS: SURVEY
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     John whitesides I Reuters WASHINGTON: Democrat Barack Obama has a 2–point lead in the US presidential race on Republican John McCain, whose choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate helped shore up support for both candidates, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released yesterday.

Obama leads McCain among >>>


      PAKISTANI FORCES KILL 1' TALEBAN MILITANTS ALONG AFGHAN BORDER
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     DPA KHAR, Pakistan: Pakistani helicopter gunships and artillery yesterday pounded Taleban militant positions in the countrys lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border, killing at least 1' rebels, an army spokesman said.

"In the Bajaur tribal district today, the ground troops secured several areas an >>>


      SITUATION NOT CONDUCIVE FOR POLL: MEHBOOBA
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies NEW DELHI: Elections must not be held now in Jammu and Kashmir due to the continuing turmoil, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti says, adding that mainstream political parties in the state need to find their "bearings and space again." Mehbooba also ruled out an alliance between t >>>


      SITUATION REMAINS &#8216;GRIM&#8217; IN PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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Situation remains grim in Philippines Jason Gutierrez I AFP

DATU PIANG, Philippines: The UN food agency yesterday said the humanitarian situation in the southern Philippines remained grim, with tens of thousands of refugees needing emergency aid.

"Whil >>>


      TIDAL WAVES HIT BANGLADESH
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies DRENCHED: Boatmen cross River Buriganga during heavy rain in Dhaka on Wednesday.(AP) DHAKA: Two children drowned, about 400 fishermen were missing and thousands of people were marooned after storm–whipped waves from the Bay of Bengal swept Bangladeshs vast coastline, officials said yesterday.

Sea >>>


      TURKEY TO EXTEND IRAQ INCURSION MANDATE
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Agencies SOLIDARITY RALLY: Turkish Kurdish women hold banners in favor of the pro–Kurdish Democratic Society Party, during a protest in Istanbul on Wednesday. (AP)

ANKARA: The Turkish government will ask Parliament to extend by one year its mandate to order military strikes against separatist Kurdish rebe >>>


      US &#8216;OMMITTED TO RESPECT&#8217; PAK SOVEREIGNTY
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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US committed to respect Pak sovereignty Azhar Masood I Arab News

ISLAMABAD: The top US military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, reiterated yesterday a US commitment to respect Pakistans sovereignty after a flurry of US strikes on militants in Pakistan strained relations >>>


      US EMBASSY IN YEMEN ATTACKED: US CONDEMNS ASSAULT THAT KILLED 16
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
     Khaled Al–Mahdi I Arab News DEADLY ASSAULT: Smoke billows outside the US Embassy in Sanaa on Wednesday. (Reuters) SANAA: Sixteen people, including six policemen and six suspected Al–Qaeda militants, were killed in car–bomb attacks outside the US Embassy in Yemen’s capital Sanaa yesterday, police offici >>>


      WEST BANK SETTLERS THWART ISRAEL&#8217;S EVACUATION PLAN
      Arab News, 18-09-2008
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West Bank settlers thwart Israels evacuation plan Mohammed Mar&#3'i I Arab News

RAMALLAH: Israeli forces canceled a planned evacuation of an illegal settlement outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah after a throng of settlers who learned of the plan gat >>>


      ARLINGTON CEMETERY TO GAIN SPACE WITH COUNTY LAND SWAP
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     B01 Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 340,000 soldiers, presidents and other distinguished Americans, has moved a step closer to adding thousands of grave sites.

On Tuesday night, Arlington County officials approved a 4.3–acre land swap with the federal government that wil >>>


      BERKELEY MOVES AHEAD WITH SOLAR–FINANCING PROGRAM
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BERKELEY, Calif. –– The city of Berkeley has made a big step toward starting a pioneering program to provide city–backed loans to homeowners who install rooftop solar–electric systems.

The city council on Tuesday approved a new tax district that residents can join to finance solar energy >>>


      BIDEN CALLS PAYING HIGHER TAXES A PATRIOTIC ACT
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.

Biden says he and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama want to "take money and put it back in the pocket of middle–class people.&quo >>>


      BUSH ADDRESSES MEETING WITH GEN. PETRAEUS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: The United States is fortunate to have great men and women who volunteer to serve in a time of danger. I have been incredibly impressed by the sacrifice of our troops who have been put in harm‘s way, and I‘ve been incredibly impressed by the level of leadership for those troops.
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      FEARS OF US–RUSSIA BREAKDOWN ON WMD DISMANTLEMENT
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– The authors of a U.S. program designed to secure weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union say they worry that deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia could undermine efforts to keep the weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

Sen. Richard Lugar and >>>


      LAWMAKERS LEFT ON THE SIDELINES AS FED, TREASURY TAKE SWIFT ACTION
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A01 The frenetic pace of the financial crisis has forced the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to make rapid–fire decisions in recent days, leaving Capitol Hill lawmakers effectively impotent –– and frustrated.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed concern yesterday that they ha >>>


      MCCAIN, OBAMA SEEK REFORM AMID U.S. FINANCIAL TURMOIL
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     LAKE ORION, Michigan (Reuters) – John McCain called for an end to the "casino culture on Wall Street" and Barack Obama demanded protection for ordinary citizens on Wednesday as financial markets stumbled again on news of a government bailout of a giant U.S. insurer.

The financial turmoil, the wo >>>


      OBAMA CALLS OUT MCCAIN ON ABORTION
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Republican John McCain, an abortion rights opponent with a conservative Senate record on the issue, seems content with the public‘s perception that he‘s more moderate on the issue.

Democrat Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights, is only too happy to remind voters where >>>


      OBAMA EXAGGERATES HIS INFLUENCE ON STIMULUS PLAN
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     "In January, I outlined a plan to help revive our faltering economy, which formed the basis for a bipartisan stimulus package that passed the Congress." Sen. Barack Obama, Golden, Colo., Sept. 16 Sen. John McCain‘s campaign is ridiculing Obama‘s assertion that his economic stimulus plan was the bas >>>


      RULES ON BIOENGINEERED ANIMALS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By David BrownWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 18, 2008; A02 The Food and Drug Administration will release today long–awaited regulatory guidelines governing genetic engineering of animals for food, drugs or medical devices.

Although none of the provisions is likely to surprise the biotech >>>


      SCHOOLS WORKSHOP AIMS TO HELP PARENTS HELP THEIR KIDS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By Verónica MaciasWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 18, 2008; DZ03 School is more complicated than it used to be. And that‘s just for the parents.

Hundreds of parents, many with children in tow, attended a series of workshops Saturday designed to inform them of their legal rights and >>>


      THE MESSAGE FROM IKE–BATTERED GALVESTON: STAY AWAY
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     18, 2008; 7:28 AM GALVESTON, Texas –– Officials were stung by an ill–fated attempt to let residents and business owners "look and leave" their hurricane–battered city, which only created frustrating traffic jams for two days. Now, their message is clear: Stay away from Galveston.
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      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     7:18 AM –– A cold front was to continue bringing stormy weather to areas of the Southeast on Thursday. Light rain showers and slight to moderate thunderstorms were predicted for Florida in the afternoon.

To the north, skies over the Midwest and Northeast were to be fair and mostly dry. Possible rain >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     2:55 AM –– IN THE HEADLINES As Democrats fret about campaign, Obama toughens rhetoric against McCain ... Taking first questions from the public, Palin stands up for her candidacy ... Biden says it took a crisis in financial sector to convince McCain that economy is in trouble ___ Obama gets tougher on McCain >>>


      US OFFICIALS: YEMEN POSES GROWING TERROR THREAT
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     2008; 2:26 AM WASHINGTON –– A sophisticated bombing plot carried out against the U.S.

Embassy in Yemen brings increased urgency to fears that Muslim extremists are gathering strength in that nation and could make it a headquarters for terrorism.

The attack at the perimeter of the compound, >>>


      5 US SOLDIERS DIE IN HELICOPTER LANDING IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military says five American soldiers have been killed when a helicopter went down in southern Iraq.

A U.S. statement says the CH–47 Chinook helicopter made a "hard landing" shortly after midnight Thursday about 60 miles west of Basrra.

The Chinook was a p >>>


      DEMOCRATS‘ DRILLING BILL ANGERS ENVIRONMENTAL PURISTS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     All summer long, House Republicans staged weekly news conferences outside the Capitol calling for more offshore oil drilling. And they were usually met by an assortment of environmental protesters chanting in unison, trying to drown out the GOP‘s pro–drilling voices. Some even wore polar bear costumes to pro >>>


      FUNDAMENTALLY, MCCAIN HAS SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     John McCain has a fundamentals problem. It is political as well as economic, and it remains the biggest obstacle standing between the Arizona senator and the White House.

McCain didn‘t single–handedly create this problem, but he made it worse Monday when, as Wall Street was melting down, he uttered >>>


      HACKERS ACCESS PALIN‘S PERSONAL E–MAIL, POST SOME ONLINE
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     September 18, 2008; A04 A group of computer hackers said yesterday that they had accessed a Yahoo e–mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, publishing some of her private communications to expose what appeared to be her use of a personal account for government business.>>>


      HIGH TURNOUT, NEW PROCEDURES MAY MEAN AN ELECTION DAY MESS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     2008; A01 Faced with a surge in voter registrations leading up to Nov. 4, election officials across the country are bracing for long lines, equipment failures and confusion over polling procedures that could cost thousands the chance to cast a ballot.

The crush of voters will strain a system already in the mids >>>


      PALIN EXAGGERATES ALASKA‘S ENERGY ROLE
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     Gov. Sarah Palin "knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America." Sen. John McCain, NBC interview, Sept. 10 "My job has been to oversee nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas." Gov. Sarah Palin, Golden, Colo., Sept. 15 The woman touted by John McCa >>>


      RECENT OBAMA ADS MORE NEGATIVE THAN RIVAL‘S, STUDY SAYS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 18, 2008; A03 Despite perceptions that Sen. John McCain has spent more time on the attack, Sen. Barack Obama aired more negative advertising last week than did the Arizona Republican, says a study released yesterday.

Seventy–seven percent of t >>>


      ‘06 BLUEPRINT LEAK INTENSIFIES CONCERNS OVER U.S.–INDIA DEAL
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A17 In January 2006, an Indian government agency purchased newspaper ads seeking help in building an obscure piece of metal machinery. The details of the project, available to bidders, were laid out in a series of drawings that jolted nuclear weapons experts who discovered them that spring.

The blueprints depic >>>


      3 SOLDIERS CHARGED IN IRAQI DEATHS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A15 Three U.S. soldiers have been charged with killing four captured Iraqis who were allegedly taken to a canal near Baghdad last year and shot in retaliation for American casualties, according to an Army statement yesterday and earlier testimony in the case.

The Army said Sgt. John E. Hatley, Sgt. 1st Class Jo >>>


      6,200 CHINESE BABIES ILL, 3 DIE FROM TAINTED MILK
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BEIJING –– The government was dispatching thousands of inspectors to monitor producers as officials reported Wednesday that the number of babies sick from tainted milk formula had climbed dramatically to nearly 6,200 from 1,200 a day earlier.

At least three children have died and more than 1,300 oth >>>


      ANTHRAX SUSPECT DIDN‘T ACT ALONE, LEAHY POSITS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A18 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D–Vt.) yesterday broke a years–long public silence about the anthrax–mailing case to cast doubt on the FBI‘s assertion that a bioweapons researcher acted as the lone culprit in the deadly attacks.

Leahy, one of two congressional a >>>


      BATTERED BY CRISIS, BRITISH MORTGAGE LENDER HBOS TALKS MERGER WITH LLOYDS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     D10 LONDON, Sept. 17 –– Britain‘s biggest mortgage lender, HBOS, severely bruised by the global credit crisis and facing concerns that it might collapse, was in merger talks Wednesday with Lloyds.

If the deal goes ahead –– and many analysts expected it would –– it would >>>


      BOLIVIAN PREZ BLASTS US ANTI–DRUG BLACKLISTING
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     LA PAZ, Bolivia –– Bolivian President Evo Morales says the United States has "no moral authority to talk about drugs." Morales sees pure politics in the U.S. decision to place Bolivia on an anti–narcotics blacklist, the latest turn in a diplomatic feud.

Morales pointed out Wednesday >>>


      BRITAIN TO REOPEN PROBE OF ‘'8 N. IRELAND BOMBING
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 18, 2008; A16 LONDON, Sept. 17 –– Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday called for a new investigation into the deadliest bombing of the Northern Ireland conflict following a report that British intelligence officials were tapping the phones >>>


      CHARITIES UNPREPARED FOR MAJOR DISASTER, GAO SAYS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A18 The American Red Cross and other disaster relief charities are unprepared to meet projected mass casualty needs during a natural catastrophe or terrorist attack in major U.S. cities such as Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, a government report has found.

A large–scale disaster would "o >>>


      CHINA WIDENS MILK PROBE AS 3RD BABY DIES, CASES MOUNT
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     18, 2008; A13 SHANGHAI, Sept. 17 –– A third infant died and the number of sick grew fivefold to more than 6,200 as China‘s investigation into contaminated baby formula widened to include other dairy products made by two dozen companies and sold around the world.

Supermarkets in Hong Kong pulle >>>


      GATES: US SHOULD APOLOGIZE MORE QUICKLY FOR DEATHS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     LONDON –– When facing allegations of U.S. airstrikes killing or injuring civilians in Afghanistan, it is better to apologize first and investigate later, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.

Gates was in London on Thursday for a NATO meeting that was expected to include a discussion among allied def >>>


      GREEK SHIP WITH 25 CREW HIJACKED NEAR SOMALIA
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– Armed pirates hijacked a Greek ship with 25 crew members off Somalia on Thursday, authorities said, bringing to 55 the number of reported attacks in the lawless sea lane of the African region.

The bulk carrier was headed to Kenya when it was attacked off the eastern coast o >>>


      JAPAN SHOOTS DOWN DUMMY BALLISTIC MISSILE IN TEST
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan‘s military successfully shot down a dummy ballistic missile in a joint test with the United States, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, days after reports that North Korea had tested new missile engines.

The joint test was the latest step in Tokyo‘s missile Defense s >>>


      MATERIAL WAS SENT TO IRAN FOR BOMBS, INDICTMENT ALLEGES
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     A16 A federal grand jury in Miami has indicted 16 foreign individuals and companies in a broad conspiracy to send restricted dual–purpose U.S. electronics and other items to Iran for use in roadside bombs against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 13–count indictment, issued Sept. 11 and unsea >>>


      PAKISTAN SAYS NOT INFORMED OF U.S. MISSILE STRIKE
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States did not inform Pakistan about a missile strike on militants hours after the top U.S. military officer said the United States would respect Pakistan‘s sovereignty, Pakistan‘s foreign minister said.

The United States, frustrated by an intensifying Taliban >>>


      RUSSIA AGAIN HALTS STOCK TRADING
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By Philip P. Pan and Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 18, 2008; A10 MOSCOW, Sept. 17 –– Russia suspended stock trading for a second straight day and took other emergency measures in an attempt to halt a severe crash Wednesday as market turmoil spread to Latin America and raise >>>


      SENATE PASSES DEFENSE BILL INCLUDING MILITARY PAY RAISE
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     The Senate passed a massive defense bill yesterday that includes a pay raise for military personnel, despite objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added.

Seven weeks from Election Day, blocking the measure in wartime was not a political risk many senators were willing to take. The >>>


      SERB STUDENT FUGITIVE QUIZZED OVER TRAVEL PAPERS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BELGRADE, Serbia –– Investigators are questioning a Serbian basketball player about travel documents that helped him flee the United States after a bar brawl that left a fellow American college student hospitalized for months.

Miladin Kovacevic and his mother are being quizzed Thursday at a Belgrade >>>


      SEVEN U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ HELICOPTER CRASH
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Seven U.S. soldiers were killed when a Chinook transport helicopter crashed in southern Iraq on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

A military spokesman said it appeared mechanical failure was the cause of the crash of the CH–47 Chinook helicopter just after midnight.

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      TUTU URGES UN BODY TO SHOW CONCERN FOR ISRAELIS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     7:32 AM GENEVA –– Archbishop Desmond Tutu appealed to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday to show the same concern for protecting Israelis from Palestinian attacks as it does for Palestinians suffering under Israeli occupation.

The Muslim–dominated council is widely cited for its frequen >>>


      TZIPI LIVNI WINS PARTY VOTE IN ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     By Samuel Sockol and Griff WitteWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 18, 2008; A13 JERUSALEM, Sept. 18 –– Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday narrowly won the leadership of the main party in Israel‘s governing coalition, exit polls showed, giving her the chance to become Isr >>>


      U.S. STRIKE REPORTED AS MULLEN CONSULTS PAKISTANIS
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     September 18, 2008; A17 KABUL, Sept. 17 –– A new reported U.S. missile strike inside Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to undermine American efforts to defuse a growing confrontation with Pakistan over aggressive U.S. military actions against Islamist extremists in the country‘s turbulent northwest bord >>>


      US: 7 SOLDIERS DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 18-09-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Seven American soldiers were killed in southern Iraq early Thursday when their helicopter crashed as it was flying into the country from Kuwait, the U.S. military said.

The CH–47 Chinook helicopter did not come under attack, the military said. It believes the crash was an accident. >>>


      ANALYSTS LIKE NICE
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     By Shmuel Shuster Among the Israeli companies on Nasdaq still in favor is Nice Systems, which makes advanced recording and security systems. JP Morgan Chase, Standard & Poor‘s and Royal Bank of Canada all reiterated a Buy or Strong Buy recommendation for the company.

Nice stock has lost 21% from the y >>>


      BANK STOCKS SLUMP ON HEAVY TURNOVER
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     By With TheMarker Staff , By Nathan Sheva and Sharon Shpurer Tags: Israel, banks Bank stocks took a pounding in Tel Aviv yesterday as Wall Street investors savaged the shares of the last two standing independent New York brokers, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Israeli bonds also lost ground, which traders blamed in p >>>


      BANKERS TELL BOI: OUR EXPOSURE TO LEHMAN IS LIMITED
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     By Moti Bassok In a meeting with Israel Bank Governor Stanley Fischer and Banks Supervisor Rony Hizkiyahu yesterday, the managing directors of the seven largest banks in Israel reported that exposure of commercial banks to the collapse of U.S. investment bank giant Lehman Brothers is limited. The banking system has take >>>


      BEWARE OF THAT DREAM HOME IN THE ROCKIES
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     By Arik Mirovsky Tags: U.S., financial crisis People who think they know a thing or two about the real estate market think they‘ve found the next wrinkle: property in America. Prices there have plunged in the last couple of years, especially after the subprime crisis turned into a full–blown global credit cr >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Mizrahi branch manager suspected of theft Advertisement Former Mizrahi Tefahot branch manager Ronit Ziegelwax Mazur, who is suspected of stealing some NIS 3 million from three clients over a period of eight years, was released on bail yesterday >>>


      HARD LANDING / NO REASON TO SMILE
      Haaretz, 18-09-2008
     By Eytan Avriel The crisis rocking Wall Street and capital markets the world wide poses a real threat to the jobs of tens of thousands of people. It may be a terrific display for the media, which gets to report in real time about the collapse of giant banks and tanking stocks. But the developments are going to directly >>>



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